Plans are being set to build a new campus for Harrisburg’s Bishop McDevitt High School,
featuring a 175,00 square-foot academic facility, a 1200-seat auditorium, a 120-seat chapel,
a 100-seat gymnasium, and a state-of-the-art library and performing arts center. Also in the works
is a new athletic campus with a first-class football stadium.
How much money needs to be raised to bring these plans to fruition?
$20 million should do it; thus, a new capital campaign, headed by two McDevitt alumni
(Carmen Finestra, 1965 and Angela Ortenzio, 1978) is underway to get the ball rolling.
Final approval has already been granted by the Board of Supervisors and land has been
purchased in the Lower Paxton Township.
With $11 million raised initially, skeptics quickly realized that the “Fulfilling the
Promise” project (as it has been named) will surely come to fruition. $16 million is needed
to break ground and fundraisers are optimistic that this goal will soon be reached.
Bishop Philip R. McDevitt said, back in 1930, that the school (then-named “Harrisburg Catholic
High School) would fulfill the promise to provide a well-rounded education to area children.
The “Fulfilling the Promise” campaign will ensure that the late Bishop’s good intentions
will be kept.
Although daily life, education, church, family, and school issues have changed
immensely since 1930, the high standards and expectations of Bishop McDevitt High have
been said to remain a constant.
Close to 20,000 young men and women have been adequately prepared for their futures and
95% of them go on to receive a college education. 2009 brought with it more than
$4 million in scholarship funds to Bishop McDevitt students.
The beautiful neo-Gothic architecture of the current school facility, although greatly
admired and appreciated, has begun to reach its demise as one of the oldest standing high school
buildings in the area. It has become clear that the ancient architecture can not keep up
with the progressive needs of its modern-day student body.
The brand new campus, just four miles away, will solve that problem, according to school
The Bishop McDevitt website has all the current info and details on this massive building
project. You can read more about it or learn how to make a donation by clicking here.
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